Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all the Americans, wherever you may be! I hope you are enjoying a very special holiday weekend with loved ones.

It’s time for the final Five Minute Friday link-up for November! I can’t believe how close we are to the end of the year.

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Setting a timer for five minutes, and . . . go. 

If you’ve been around for a while, you might know that my husband and kids were all born in South Africa, and I lived in Cape Town myself for over ten years. Many of those years I was blessed to travel to the States for Thanksgiving, and on the years that I didn’t, we often managed to invite ourselves over to one American expat’s home or another to share some semblance of a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Granted, this was entirely for my sake, as my husband did not grow up celebrating Thanksgiving at all.

Now that we’ve lived in the U.S. for almost ten years (!!!), I have finally accepted the fact that my immediate family members don’t particularly care for turkey. While that’s the most common association with many Thanksgiving meals, it’s just not a favorite over here.

So this year I decided, why bother? Why make a turkey that few of us will enjoy and fewer will eat as leftovers? So, we’re having lamb instead — a favorite amongst my husband and kids (and much more common in South Africa, I might add).

I realized I don’t have to keep with tradition just for the sake of tradition if nobody even likes it. I’m giving myself the freedom to break from the “expected” mold and please those around me instead.

(And for the record, we’ll be having Thanksgiving dinner with my sister and brother-in-law. My sister happens to be vegetarian so she doesn’t care about the turkey in any case, and my brother-in-law doesn’t know if he likes lamb or not . . . but I guess he’s about to find out!)

Wherever you are and however you celebrate, I pray you find much to be grateful for.




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